Palms, Palms and More Palms! Use Palm Branches and Leaves to Create a One-of-a-Kind Basket!

The basket artistry of Mary Catello and Teri Salomoni  is awesome – but NOT impossible!   They will teach YOU techniques and designs that will bring branches and leaves to life again! Mary is offering a special three-part workshop in December. The Rickie Report shares the details here. This will make a great holiday gift – a class where they will learn how create their own designs!

 

 

 

 

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EarthArt Creative Baskets

 

 

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The featured weaving material is queen palm inflorescence that has been carefully selected, then cleaned and dried over several weeks. The woods used for turning can be found curbside or purchased from an exotic collection. Each and every sculpture starts with the gathering and preparation of material, always mindful not to bruise or harm any trees or plants. The artistic workmanship is a combination of weaving and turning and the process may take weeks based on the complexity of the design.

 

 

 

 

 

Mary and Teri

Mary and Teri

 

Mary Catello

 

Mary has always enjoyed expressing her creativity. She was a trendsetting salon owner and stylist in New York City where creating masterpieces of tresses was her art form. Simultaneously, she opened The MaryGrace Institute; the first accredited Nail Technology School in New York. At MaryGrace students were taught, along with basic nail theory and practical lessons, award-winning techniques in airbrushing, 3-dimensional and multi-media nail art.

 

 

 

"Lady" by Mary Catello

“Lady” by Mary Catello

In 1994, after selling her salon and school, Mary relocated to South Florida and began taking classes in sketching, acrylics and water colors. But her true passion began when she met a basket weaver in Sedona, Arizona. Mary was inspired and a fiber artist was born!
Mary took only two basket weaving classes with internationally-known weavers, Flo Hoppe and Mary Hetts. She was introduced to palm inflorescence by Judy Briscoe, another basket weaver. On her own she began to experiment with size and materials determined to transform the traditional basket into art, and art it is! Her work is unique and identifiable.

 

 

Collaboration by Mary and Teri

Collaboration by Mary and Teri

 

 

Teri Salomoni

 

Teri has experienced both commercial and community recognition. She worked with Saks Fifth Avenue designing and decorating their floor and window displays at the Boca Raton, Worth Avenue and Palm Beach Gardens locations. She designed windows at the Nicole Miller boutiques in South Beach and Boca Raton. At sea, she was commissioned by Princess Cruise Lines to decorate their fleet for the holidays. 
In 2002, she partnered in a public art project “Flamingos in the Gables” and, in 2003, Teri assisted a local ceramic artist with an installation to beautify parks in urban areas. Also, that year, Teri was commissioned by the Broward County Art Teacher Association to make metal sculptures for their annual conferences.

 

 

 

Artwork by Terri Salmoni

Artwork by Teri Salomoni

In recent years, Teri found her passion in wood turning. To learn this art, Teri, studied with three local masters — Tim Rowe, Gerhard Schwenke and Lee Sky. She also studied with national masters, Bonnie Klien and Mark St. Ledger, and international master Marilyn Cambell. Teri’s mom taught her the basics of weaving but Teri took that to a new level by adding her love of wood. This mixed medium, wood and palm inflorescence, combined with the skills of weaving and wood turning, makes each one of Teri’s vessels truly unique!

 

 

 

 

 

Currently their work is on permanent display at:

 

 

  • Artisans on the Ave. in Lake Worth,
  • Florida Craftsmen Gallery, St Petersburg
  • The Stranahan House in Ft Lauderdale.
  • Annually at The Barn Gallery for the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation event.

 

 

Their work has been selected to be displayed at The Fairchild Garden and the Miami Botanical Gardens Art Shows, both in Miami, and the Mounts Botanical Garden in Palm Beach. In February 2013, they received the Elizabeth Geisler Award for Excellence and a First Place ribbon by the Venetian Basket Weavers Guild in Venice Florida for 2 pieces. Mary also presides over the newly- formed South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild which meets monthly. It is a great opportunity to network with other people interested in fiber arts and basketry.

 

 

For private commission work, customizations, exhibition requests or price inquiries, contact

561 665 0092 or email mary@earthartbymaryandteri.com

http://www.earthartbymaryandteri.com

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Mary Cotello Announces Special Basketry Workshop: Palm, Palms and More Palms!

When we look at the basket artistry of Mary Catello and Teri Salomoni, we are in awe – of their designs and abilities to bring branches and leaves to life again!  Mary is offering a special three-part workshop in December.  The Rickie Report shares the details here. This will make a great holiday gift – a class where they will learn how create their own designs!

 

 

 

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EarthArt Creative Baskets

 

 

 

maryTropical Basket Art

 

 

A mother and daughter team that collaborate on an art “unique” to Florida.
Creativity and an over-abundance of foliage results in endless possibilities.

 

 

Mary Catello and Teri Salamoni

Mary Catello and Teri Salomoni

Mary Catello

Mary has always enjoyed expressing her creativity. She was a trendsetting salon owner and stylist in New York City where creating masterpieces of tresses was her art form. Simultaneously, she opened The MaryGrace Institute; the first accredited Nail Technology School in New York. At MaryGrace students were taught, along with basic nail theory and practical lessons, award-winning techniques in airbrushing, 3-dimensional and multi-media nail art.

 

 
In 1994, after selling her salon and school, Mary relocated to South Florida and began taking classes in sketching, acrylics and water colors. But her true passion began when she met a basket weaver in Sedona, Arizona. Mary was inspired and a fiber artist was born!

 

 
Mary took only two basket weaving classes with internationally-known weavers, Flo Hoppe and Mary Hetts. She was introduced to palm inflorescence by Judy Briscoe, another basket weaver. On her own she began to experiment with size and materials determined to transform the traditional basket into art, and art it is! Her work is unique and identifiable.

 

 

 

Teri Salomoni

Teri has experienced both commercial and community recognition. She worked with Saks Fifth Avenue designing and decorating their floor and window displays at the Boca Raton, Worth Avenue and Palm Beach Gardens locations. She designed windows at the Nicole Miller boutiques in South Beach and Boca Raton. At sea, she was commissioned by Princess Cruise Lines to decorate their fleet for the holidays.

 

 
In 2002 she partnered in a public art project “Flamingos in the Gables” and, in 2003, Teri assisted a local ceramic artist with an installation to beautify parks in urban areas. Also, that year, Teri was commissioned by the Broward County Art Teacher Association to make metal sculptures for their annual conferences.

 

 
In recent years, Teri found her passion in wood turning. To learn this art, Teri, studied with three local masters — Tim Rowe, Gerhard Schwenke and Lee Sky. She also studied with national masters, Bonnie Klien and Mark St. Ledger, and international master Marilyn Cambell. Teri’s mom taught her the basics of weaving but Teri took that to a new level by adding her love of wood. This mixed medium, wood and palm inflorescence, combined with the skills of weaving and wood turning, makes each one of Teri’s vessels truly unique.

 

 

 

Artist Statement

The featured weaving material is queen palm inflorescence that has been carefully selected, then cleaned and dried over several weeks. The woods used for turning can be found curbside or purchased from an exotic collection. Each and every sculpture starts with the gathering and preparation of material, always mindful not to bruise or harm any trees or plants. The artistic workmanship is a combination of weaving and turning and the process may take weeks based on the complexity of the design.

 

 

 
Currently their work is on permanent display at Artisans on the Ave. in Lake Worth, Florida Craftsmen Gallery. St Petersburg and The Stranahan House in Ft Lauderdale. Annually they are featured at The Barn Gallery for the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation event. Their work has been selected to be displayed at The Fairchild Garden and the Miami Botanical Gardens Art Shows, both in Miami, and the Mounts Botanical Garden in Palm Beach. In February 2013, they received the Elizabeth Geisler Award for Excellence and a First Place ribbon by the Venetian Basket Weavers Guild in Venice Florida for 2 pieces.  Mary also presides over the newly- formed South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild which meets monthly. It is a great opportunity to network with other people interested in fiber arts and basketry.

 

 

 

For private commission work, customizations, exhibition requests or price inquiries, contact

 561 665 0092 or email mary@earthartbymaryandteri.com

http://www.earthartbymaryandteri.com

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Artisans on The Ave Invites You to Preview on January 26th! Grand Opening January 31st!

Betty Wilson and Linda Manganaro announce the opening of their new gallery, Artisans On The Ave.  In conjunction with Lake Worth ART POP, one of the loops of Art Synergy/Art Palm Beach 2014, everyone is invited to preview on Sunday, January 26th.  Artisans on the Ave will exhibit 2D and 3D art in all mediums and invite the public to attend their Grand Opening on Sunday, January 31st!   The Rickie Report is pleased to share the details in this article. 

 

 

 

 

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 ARTISANS on the AVE

Invite You to

 

Open House

Art Synergy/ Lake Worth ART POP

SUNDAY, January 26th

 

Noon – 9 pm

 

 630 Lake Avenue

Lake Worth, FL

 

 

Amelia Costa

Amelia Costa

 

 

 

 

Betty Wilson

Betty Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linda Manganaro

Linda Manganaro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Linda Manganaro and Betty Wilson are offering a new gallery setting for  2D and 3D art.  They are always interested in seeing emerging artists’ work and welcome them to join in a new gallery setting in Lake Worth, FL.   The unique setting is located in the heart of downtown Lake Worth and has various options for rental of wall, floor and shelf spaces.  Artisans On The Ave is always accepting all mediums of work.

 

The Grand Opening Reception on Friday Jan.31 6-9 pm  includes artist demonstrations with Glass Artist Wayne Smith, Wood Turner artist Teri Salamoni and Painter Annette Gellermann.

 

 

The Rickie Report is pleased to introduce some of the artists at Artisans on the Ave.  We hope you will stop by on Sunday, January 26th from Noon- 9 pm during Lake Worth ART POP and on Friday, January 31st.  There is so much to take in, you’ll need more than just one visit!

 

 

Amelia Costa

Amelia grew up in a large, close knit family in Peru.   She tells us, “My family emigrated to the United States, so that my siblings and I could attend University. I received a Bachelor of Science and after some time in the business world decided to pursue my interest in the arts. I attended Florida Atlantic University to study painting. I gravitated towards clay, just before graduation and stayed awhile longer to satisfy my curiosity and my growing fascination with the medium”.
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“In my work, I have combined my two interests  in illustration and clay. Most recently I moved away from color and  concentrated on the story the pieces convey. My aim is to have the pieces tell the viewer the stories that they tell me, and share the journey with me”.

 

 

Irene Jalowayski

Palm Beach Smashing Glass

 

 

Irene tells us, “I am a retired speech pathologist and Florida native, who lives in West Palm Beach.  I was always an art lover/collector and began taking fused glass classes nine years ago.  I  studied with a private teacher, took classes at McMow Art Glass Center,  Art Glass Environments,  Kay Weiner’s Glass Classes, and in several out-of-town venues. Now I have my own studio because my hobby has become my passion!”

 

Fused Glass by Irene Jalowayski

Fused Glass by Irene Jalowayski

 

“Working with glass has allowed me to express my creativity and love for color, shape and form.  I get lost in my work and experience a thrill each time I open my kiln.  I  sell my work at several galleries and am thrilled to be one of the artists at the Florida Craftsmen Gallery in St. Petersburg, Artisans on the Ave in Lake Worth, and  at the  OSGS Gallery in the Northwood neighborhood.  My creations have been exhibited in many juried art shows and I was featured as an Emerging Artist at ArtiGras, 2012”.  I can be reached by email at   Irene Jalowayski ijaloway@yahoo.com   or visit my website at www.palmbeachsmashingglass.com

 

Sharon Kurlychek

 

 

“I engaged with the energy of clay in the 70’s when I first learned to to throw pots on a kick wheel at art school in Cleveland, Ohio.  I took more advanced classes (David Vargo)  and the joy of clay settled into by hands.  In the 80’s, I lived in the Dominican Republic, where I taught English. Experimenting with the production of primitive pottery– digging clay deposits from riverbeds, creating glazes from the ashes I collected from a bakery’s wood-fired oven, and firing in open pits was joyful.  Back in the US, I bought an electric kiln, continued my art studies (The Cleveland Institute of Art and Andrea Gill from Alfred University) and began teaching at the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood”.  
Sharon Kurlychek

Sharon Kurlychek

“When I moved to Florida, for subsequent art festivals, I created a line of tropical number tiles. My website, www.islandtiles.com shows 12 designs.  Customers can choose the tiles and colors to place an order for a custom house number tile.  I also do commission work for tile murals and signs, working with designers, HOA’s or home owners, offering color sketches and cost estimates for custom work.  I can be reached through my website or e-mail: islandtiles@bellsouth.net.”
Sharon Kurlychek

Sharon Kurlychek

” I am continually inspired by fellow clay artists (Betty Wilson and members of the Ceramic League of the Palm Beaches).  My art career has recently spun off in a new direction.  Taking classes (Carla Golembe at the Delray Center for the Arts), spending time in the artsy town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and a mixed media workshop (Dee Roper at La Fabrica Aurora) has had a big influence on the direction of my creativity!  Now I am creating mixed media pieces, acrylic paintings and collages!” 

 

John McCoy

John tells us, “I am a functional potter. In my work, I strive for qualities of simplicity, honesty and  a sense of fluidity. When making my pots, I depend on intuition and feeling, rather than upon conceptual ideas and analysis. Natural and organic objects, along with the varied and rich traditions of ceramics are the main influences of my work. I have a very classical approach to clay, even when combining and altering forms”.
John McCoy

John McCoy

“During the last ten years, I have had the opportunity to put my work in  a wood fired Anagama kiln. I feel my forms have been enhanced and visually strenghthened by the warm colors of the ash deposits and the textures and patterns created by the mark of the fire. This natural process allows the viewer to share my experience  of working with clay, from the moment my hands shape and form the clay, leaving my mark, to the fluidity of the flames that leave their impression on the surface of the pot forever”.

 

If you are an artist who is interested in becoming part of the community of Artisans on the Ave,  there are many options for those who want to work as well as those who prefer not to.  Please send at least 2 jpgs of your work, a short biography and an artist statement to   potteryme@aol.com.

 

 

For more information please contact  Betty Wilson 561.762.8162 or Linda Manganaro 561.308.7263    Artisans On The Ave is located at 630 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth,FL 33460.  The Gallery phone is: 561-312-9924 or visit:

http://www.artisansontheave.com  

 
Irene Jalowayski

Skewed Glass Bowl by Irene Jalowayski

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

 Rickie Leiter, Publisher

 The Rickie Report

 P.O.Box 33423

 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

 Rickie@therickiereport.com

 561-537-0291


 

Chips Off The Old Block! See Wood Craftsmen in Action!

Woodturning is fascinating.  How does the artist choose the type of wood for a project?  Are some types better than others for specific uses?  The Rickie Report knows you will find the answers at Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery’s next exhibit: “Chips Off the Old Block”!  

Clay Glass Metal Stone Cooperative Gallery

Presents

Chips Off the Old Block

Friday, June 7- 6:00-9:00 PM

15 South J Street- Downtown, Lake Worth Florida

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Wood nymph, Teri Salomoni, gathers her friends, their wood lathes and chain saws to fling chips in all directions as they demonstrate their considerable woodturning skills. Teri brings with her the master craftsmen of the Palm Beach County Woodturners.  They will be setting up their lathes and turning chunks of harvested and rare woods into finely crafted masterpieces before your very eyes.  
Teri at the Lathe

Teri at the Lathe

These Chips Off the Old Block work their wonders on Friday, June 7 from 6-9 PM at the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery, 15 South J. Street in Downtown Lake Worth.
Teri at Work

Teri at Work

Teri Salomoni, gallery artist and Boynton Beach resident, is the only young woman wood turner among a pantheon of well seasoned male master woodworkers.  She grabs her chainsaw, responding to “wood alerts,” and travels to the sites of fallen or felled trees.  Taking both the inflorescence of the palms and the precious woods of the forests, she brings them home and cures them.  Weaving the fluorescents into baskets and turning the woods into finials, bowls and works of abstract art, Teri has reached a depth of fine art perfection that crosses the boundary of the “craft” dilemma.  Her precious wood inlays and resin fills allow for intricate textural design then enhanced by carving, cutting and burning. Teri paints her gouges and tools pink so that the men in the PBCWoodturners group will leave them alone.  She no longer loses her tools.
Wood Bowl by Teri

Wood Bowl by Teri

Among the master craftsmen joining Teri are Gerhard Schewnke, Carl Schneider, Lee Sky, Tim Rowe and Tim Carter.  Each is a recognized artist in his own right with works spanning the gamut of wood artistry and ingenuity. 
 

Bottle Brush Burl by Lee Sky

Bottle Brush Burl by Lee Sky

 
Clay§Glass§Metal§Stone Cooperative Gallery is sponsored by the Flamingo Clay Studio, a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to provide affordable studio and gallery space for three-dimensional artists.  The gallery is located at 15 South J Street in downtown Lake Worth. Hours are Sunday thru Tuesday, 10AM-5PM. Wednesday thru Saturday, 10AM-10PM.   Gallery openings are the first and third Friday of each month from 6-9 PM with many special events in-between.  For information call Joyce Brown-215-205-9441 or JCLay6@aol.com.  Gallery phone: 561-588-8344.
 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Woven Wonders at Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery

Weaving takes many forms and uses a wide variety of mediums.  The Rickie Report knows you’ll enjoy the upcoming exhibit at Clay Glass Metal Stone Cooperative Gallery, “It’s Only Make be-Weave”.  While the title may be punny, the array of art will be seriously amazing.  Opening reception takes place on Friday February 15.  Read this post for more details.

 

Clay Glass Metal Stone Cooperative Gallery

Presents

It’s Only Make Be-Weave

Friday, February 15    6PM-9PM

605 Lake Avenue  Lake Worth FL 33460

The Woven Wonders of Gallery Artists

And Invited Artist-Weavers throughout Palm Beach County

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Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery celebrates the fine art weavings of Mary Catello, Teri Salamoni and Kathleen Kirschner on Friday February 15, 6-9 PM.  The artists have invited Palm Beach County’s finest art-weavers to join them in this exhibition.  The event is free to the public.
 
Palm Frond by Kathleen

Palm Frond by Kathleen Kirschner

Mary Catello and Teri Salomoni, a mother-daughter team of weavers, scavenge the highways and byways of Florida searching for the fallen trees or the piled up trimmings of the palm fluorescents, twigs, fronds and coconut flowers.  Armed with chain-saws and clippers they harvest this “trash,” clean it and dry it in preparation for their woven wonders. With simple math equations and a lot of concentration, sculptures, murals, paintings and baskets appear. Twisted natural vines, yarns and silks, beach gleanings, pods and nubby sticks are all incorporated into these works.  Teri, the chain-saw maven, cuts up fallen trees which she wood-turns into exquisite bowls.  Many of these bowls have woven elements.  Mary teaches basket weaving in the gallery every Monday morning.
 

Basket by Mary Catello

Basket by Mary Catello

Kathleen Kirschner weaves the same natural wonders with whimsy.  Her sculptural creations stand alone or make large wall hangings that bring the outdoors in.  An upholsterer to the stars, Kathleen uses the odds and ends leftovers of the thousand dollar a yard silks to create designer pillows and handbags that are sold in the gallery.
 
Swan by Kathleen Kirschner

Swan by Kathleen Kirschner

Fiber weavers, loom weavers, basket weavers and tapestry artists from all over Palm Beach County have been invited to partake in this exhibit.  Fine Craft Shows have recognized and elevated these art forms that spring from old Folk Art traditions to Fine Art status. This quality of work will be reflected throughout the gallery during this exhibition.
Basket by Mary Catello

Basket by Mary Catello

  

Clay Glass Metal Stone Cooperative Gallery is sponsored by the Flamingo Clay Studio, a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to provide affordable studio and gallery space for three-dimensional artists.  
The gallery is located at 605 Lake Avenue in downtown Lake Worth. Hours are Sunday thru Tuesday, 9AM-1PM. Wednesday thru Saturday, 9AM-9PM.   Gallery openings are the first and third Friday of each month from 6-9 PM with many special events in-between.  For information call Joyce Brown-215-205-9441 or JCLay6@aol.com.  Gallery phone: 561-588-8344 or www.clayglassmetalstone.com

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291